The migration points that Austria is dealing with usually are not imputable to Romania, Inside Affairs Minister Lucian Bode stated in response to Austria saying it opposes Romania becoming a member of the passport-free Schengen space as a result of many migrants that go by means of the nation.
Romania, together with Bulgaria and Croatia, is able to be a part of Schengen, in accordance with the European Fee’s newest professional missions, although Austria has expressed opposition to Romania and Bulgaria becoming a member of, whereas the Dutch strongly oppose Bulgarian accession.
“Categorically, Romania shouldn’t be undeservedly and unjustifiably punished,” Bode wrote in a Fb put up. Migration flows don’t go Romania and Romania is just not the generator of this stream, the minister added, in reply to experiences that Austria is the only impediment on Romania’s path to Schengen.
“Undoubtedly, Romania meets all of the technical circumstances for becoming a member of the Schengen space,” stated Bode, including that he mentioned together with his Austrian counterpart, Gerhard Karner, the matter of Schengen growth and European migration information.
In the meantime, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer reiterated Vienna’s opposition to Romania and Bulgaria becoming a member of the Schengen Space.
“Extra time is required… there are nonetheless many requests from Austria’s half,” the chancellor stated on Tuesday, simply earlier than the EU-Western Balkan summit in Tirana.
In line with Austria, greater than 75,000 immigrants attain its territory, together with by means of Romania and Bulgaria.
Bucharest, nevertheless, denies that a lot of migrants have handed its borders.
(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)